Seventy years since the Partition of India took place in 1947, there was no memorial to commemorate or document the fateful day and the days that followed after India and Pakistan were born. Tapping on the emotions of the people to know about the partition, The Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust initiated a project to build the Partition Museum.
The world’s first Partition Museum is located at the Town Hall in Amritsar. From school children to Partition survivors, the museum witnesses a huge footfall. As per its official site, over 1000 visitors came to witness the curtain raiser exhibition. A curtain raiser exhibition had marked the inauguration of the museum on October 24, 2016.
Here are 5 things that you must know about the Museum:
A people’s museum: The objects and documents put on display at the Museum have also been contributed by common people. The museum is a reflection of the pre and the and post-Partition era.
Upcoming phases: The Museum is part of the newly inaugurated Heritage Street at Amritsar, which starts at the Golden Temple and ends at the Town Hall. While the first phase has been launched the second and last phase of the Museum is likely to be inaugurated by early 2017.
Mass appeal: It is aimed to be a state-of-the-art, interactive museum built with digital technology and audio visuals. While it was initially TAACHT’s aim to set up the memorial, donations and support by volunteers has made the dream a reality. Several people in their individual capacity have also contributed towards the museum.
Partnership: London School of Economics South Asia Centre has partnered as an academic advisor in the project. The TAACHT looks up to the centre to get advice in organising seminars, conferences, exhibitions, and producing academic publications.
Location: The historic town hall building is a 5-minute walk from Jallianwala Bagh, where thousands of women and children were massacred during the British rule on the orders of General Reginald Dyer in 1919. The Golden Temple is also located in close vicinity.